Power Generation Operations Manager

South Africa produces over 47 000 megawatts, mostly through coal generation. This has a significant impact on the environment and especially through high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Through the Paris Agreement, South Africa is committed to reducing its emissions, through renewable energy sources. The safe and effective operation of diverse energy generating plants will ensure sustainable, sufficient and varied power generation to meet the country’s short and long-term energy needs.

Power generation operations managers plan, direct and coordinate the work activities and resources of power generation and ensure that targets are met. They carry out regular plant inspections to ensure plans are on schedule as well as inspect production equipment and machinery, making sure repairs and maintenance are carried out. They also set work schedules, evaluate employee performance and enforce safety protocols. Some are involved in the strategic planning and development for new power generating plants.

Power generation operations managers work with engineering technicians and professionals to optimise energy production. They spend a large amount of time on the plant floor inspecting and managing operational challenges. They work long hours and are required to wear protective clothing.


Power generation operations managers require extensive experience and knowledge in power generation, including plant operations and equipment, along with:

  • Strong managerial and business experience
  • Creative problem-solving and analytical thinking ability
  • Understanding of labour legislation and safety regulations
  • Good written and verbal communication skills


Control the operation of the production plant and establish operation procedures

Determine, implement and monitor production strategies, polices and plans

Establish and manage budgets, identifying opportunities to increase business success

Oversee the acquisitions and installation of new plant and equipment


B.Sc.Eng. in Electrical Engineering at UCT, UKZN and Wits

B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering at SU, UJ and UP

Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Electrical Engineering at CPUT, CUT, DUT, MUT, TUT, UNISA, VUT and WSU


National, provincial and local government.

Biofuel, renewable and private energy companies.

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